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Clinician Spotlight: Elizabeth Board, MD, on Chronic Pain Management

Elizabeth Board, MD, explains her approach to chronic pain management and using lifestyle interventions to reduce the need for opiates.

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Controlling Pain in Autoimmune Patients

Reducing side effects from pain medications in autoimmune patients may be possible by supporting gut health. Helen Messier, MD, shares ways to support gut and immune health while also addressing pain related to autoimmunity.

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How Healing Works, and What It Means for Health Care, with Wayne Jonas, MD

In the latest Ground Rounds lecture, Wayne Jonas, MD, executive director of Samueli Integrative Health Programs, discusses the determinants of patient healing within the context of today’s healthcare system. He explores a patient’s journey to wellness through an integrative healthcare approach.

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Considerations for Neuropathic Pain

In this video, Lisa Portera-Perry, DC, IFMCP, shares important mediators to consider for patients with neuropathic pain. Factors like blood sugar can make a difference in the ongoing experience and progression of nerve-related pain.

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Decreasing Migraine Frequency With Nutrition

Migraine and tension-type headaches are the most prevalent headache disorders, and migraine, specifically, is associated with other physical and psychiatric comorbidities like anxiety and depression. There are several nutritional factors that can help migraine sufferers in your clinical practice.

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Treating the Underlying Causes of Chronic Migraine

Chronic migraine is noted as the most common type of daily headache. A Functional Medicine perspective explores the root cause of chronic migraine and potential treatment strategies to improve a patient’s quality of life.

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Video Podcast on Integrated Pain Management at Walter Reed

Video Podcast on Integrated Pain Management at Walter Reed with Dan Lukaczer and Mylène Tran Huhn, a pain treatment specialist.

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Treating the Many Sources of Chronic Pain

Many factors affect the experience of chronic pain. Henri Roca, MD, describes how he helps patients unravel and begin to reverse pain experiences. 

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Making Connections: Chronic Stress, Pain, & Addiction

What is the role of stress in increasing the risk of chronic pain and maladaptive behaviors such as addiction? How can primary care clinicians help patients manage present-day anxiety and unravel the stressful patterns of childhood? Functional Medicine teaches clinicians how to help patients develop healthy coping mechanisms through lifestyle modifications like exercise, meditation, an anti-inflammatory diet, and more. This therapeutic relationship has the potential to change the trajectory of pain and addiction in a patient’s life.

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Cutting-Edge Pain Treatment at the Veterans Administration

In this free Grand Rounds presentation recorded at Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, Henri Roca, MD, elaborates upon the group visit framework used at the Veterans Administration for chronic pain.

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A Menu of Strategies for Chronic Pain Treatment in Primary Care

Patients have long sought non-pharmacologic approaches for pain, and they can be highly effective. Yet up to 40% of chronic pain patients report that they are not equal partners in making decisions about their care. Heather Tick, MD, shares her successful approaches for partnering with chronic pain patients on therapeutic lifestyle change.
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Primary Care and Treatment of Pain and Addiction

How many patients can you think of that do not suffer from poorly managed stress, chronic pain, or addiction issues? The vast majority of patients struggle with one or more of these three common conditions, which research demonstrates are often connected. The physiological underpinnings of stress, pain, and addiction often overlap, offering new avenues for therapies that provide improved outcomes.

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